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From Our Chair

Michael Yudell

Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH
Professor and Chair
Community Health and Prevention
Faculty Profile

Welcome to the Department of Community Health and Prevention (CHP) at the Dana and David Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Our department has a strong commitment to promoting the health of communities through education, research, service and advocacy. Central to the mission of the CHP department is understanding the relationship between human rights, dignity and health status.

Our department is a diverse community of scholars and public health practitioners with faculty trained in disciplines such as sociology, psychology, history, public health, medicine and theology among others. Research and service initiatives led by department faculty include substance use and misuse, HIV/AIDS, chronic disease disparities, global health, maternal and child health, LGBT health, spirituality and health, public health ethics, history of public health, risk and health communication, and evaluations of city and state public health initiatives.

The CHP department also emphasizes the use of community informed research methods based on the principles of community engagement and participatory action. We have a long history of partnerships with local, national and global organizations in which students can hone the public health practice and research skills necessary for rewarding and successful careers.

As a CHP student, be it masters or doctoral, you will graduate with a versatile, marketable skill-set as a public health researcher, practitioner, and scholar. CHP students are rigorously trained to develop the leadership skills, strategic mindset and methods training necessary for careers in public health departments, non- and for-profit agencies, health insurance companies and other leading health organizations. The CHP department is also home to the LGBT Health Certificate online and we continue to grow our graduate online certificate and minor program offerings.

I encourage you to further explore our website to learn more about faculty, course offerings and the unique mission and research of the department.

If you are interested in learning more about our academic programs or in speaking more in-depth with any of our faculty, please contact Program Manager Amanda Keefer, EdM at, who can help facilitate these conversations. You can also reach out to me as well with any questions.


Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH
Professor and Chair
Department of Community Health and Prevention